History is Repeated Because it’s not Retaught.

History teaches us two things:  What we did right and what we did wrong.  In our own history we learned that to enslave another human being based on skin color was wrong.  We also learned that barring those same individuals from equal access was just as wrong also.

However, we would stand to benefit from the history of others.  A case in point is Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  He was a Pastor in Germany before Hitler and Nazi (National Socialists) party took over Germany.  He warned the Church of Germany about Hitler and the Nazis, but no one listened.  He warned that the Nazi would arrest people and raid their homes and businesses.   No one listened.

On August 25, 2011 Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corporation  had his business raided for a 2nd time (the first time being in 2009) and the wood used to make Gibson guitars were seized.  However, in both cases no charges were filed against Gibson and the wood was never returned.  Below is a news conference Mr. Juszkiewicz on August 26, 2011.

As the CEO stated, the seizure occurred due to the enforcement of Indian – not American law.  This action by the Federal Government should send chills down the backs of the Church in America.  That your property – personal and ministerial, can be seized without warning which is a complete and direct violation of the 4th Amendment.  No probable cause.  No due process.  If you “upset” someone in the government, your freedom as you know it can end, and you can serve time in a jail cell for a crime – perceived or imaginary that the government said you have committed.

This is the precise path Hitler took with the Jews.  He and the Nazis raided their businesses with no probable cause – other than they were Jews.  What was the Church’s response?  They sangs songs.  They had fellowship.  However, they dared not open up their mouths and voiced their dissent against the government, for they feared that they would suffer the same fate as the Jews.  In short, the Gospel that they lived and preached was different from the Gospel that is found in Scripture.  As horrific as the genocide of the Jews were, what’s more terrifying is know that the Christians could have reduced or eliminated the event altogether – if they knew their Bible.

This same diabolical plot has come to our shores and had planted itself in our government. Scripture says, “…a corrupt tree can not bring forth good fruit” (see Matthew 7:18). We have witness over the last 50 or so years, the corruption of the tree we call government and now the evil fruit of it is coming to bare.  All the while, the pruners of the tree – the Church in America have been eating, drinking and making merry with themselves, while the garden of our freedoms have been overrun with every type of weed, thorn and thistle imaginable.

As it was in the days of the Holocaust, soon it will be the same in America.  We the Christians in this nation will have in short order, our own version of  “Kristallnacht” (Night of the Broken Glass).  It may not be your stained glass of your church that is broken, it will be your freedom.

As it is with glass, your freedom once shattered, can never be repaired.

History is Repeated Because it’s not Retaught.

Order – It’s Not Just for Burgers Anymore.

Everyone likes order.  Order is the accurate arrangement of things.  From the housewife having that sense of accomplishment after cleaning the house.  To the salesman to who was able to close the deal because he had “all his ducks in a row”.  To the computer programmer after toiling over thousands of lines of code seeing their program run correctly for the first time.  We all enjoy the benefits of what proper order brings.

Why?  Since God is a God of order and we as human beings are created in His image,  so we too are inclined to gravitate toward that trait also.  The interesting thing about God is that not only can you find order in everything He is.  You can find order in everything He does also.  One the aspects of God’s order is repentance.  As I have stated many times here, if order flows from the top down, then repentance doesn’t flow from the bottom up. A case in point is “The Response”.  A stadium gathering that was supposed to have a theme of repentance in Houston, TX.  Let’s be clear about one thing, the attempt of repentance is not the issue.  I am very glad to see something such as this to take place in America.  However, it is the order that took place that I take exception to.

Rick Perry – The Governor of Texas was the  keynote speaker.  In his speech, he made a reference to Joel 2:17:

“Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God”?

As nice as he is; as great of a politician that he is; the one thing he is not is a priest.   So how can a non-priest invoke a priest to do their job?   Its no different than a Pastor running for public office.  Your calling and your election can’t be sure if you are confused about your identity.  A Scriptural example of this is David.  When he got the Ark of the Covenant back from the Philistines, he put it on a cart to bring it back to Jerusalem.  When the ark was about to fall off the cart, Uzzah steadied it with his hand and God struck him dead (see II Samuel 6:7).  Why?  Uzzah had good intentions.  Uzzah didn’t let the Ark fall.  However, Uzzah was not a priest – the right man for that job.  This is why order is critically important to God.  It is in His order that blessings and protection flows.  When His order is interrupted or stopped, so do the blessings and protection.  So it should be no surprise to the Church of America why there seems to be no protection and the blessings have stopped.  They have stopped because WE, not the world is out of order.

In contrast  when David took the Ark to the house of of Obed-edom, Obed-edom’s house was blessed.  This would leave people wondering, “Why would God kill one man for touching it, yet bless another man for possessing it”?  The answer is that Obed-edom was not just a priest.  He cam from a line of priests whose sole responsibility is to carry the Ark (see I Chronicles 26:4 and Numbers 4;15).  So in essence the Ark  – the presence of God, was in the right place, at the right time, with the right man.  Because of this, Obed-edom’s house was blessed (see II Samuel 6:11).

If this was a gathering of priests first, to weep between the porch and the altar, I believe that God would not only stay His hand of protection over this nation, but the state of Texas would have gotten a double dose of rain –  They would have been  rained on and they would have been reigned in.

Order – It’s Not Just for Burgers Anymore.